I use tarot and oracle cards as tools for reflection and contemplation. Rather than divining the future, they are a way for me to look more deeply at the "now."
"The goal isn't to arrive, but to meander, to saunter, to make your life a holy wandering." ~ Rami Shapiro

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Brain and Brawn

From the Spiral Tarot, the Nine of Wands; from the Sacred Journey Cards, Perseverance:
          This guy looks more like a ringmaster for a circus than a warrior making a last stand. It made me think of distracting the enemy, which is why I just spent half an hour reading about Patton's Ghost Army in WWII. It was a nice reminder that the brain can be as useful as brawn when defending oneself. The SJ card neatly underscores the necessity of fortitude and discipline when standing up for oneself. It helps to prepare in advance (the brainy part), yet it still comes down to the actual 'showing up and doing' part if one hopes to succeed.
We do have to use our minds as far as they will take us, yet acknowledge that they cannot take us all the way. ― Madeleine L'Engle


  1. follow up on Kuhl says he was 21 at the time and had already been in service 4 years. An alternate source says he was 27 at the time and retired from the military after 30+ years.
    Normandy: Over 425,000 Allied and German troops were killed, wounded or went missing during the Battle of Normandy. This figure includes over 209,000 Allied casualties, with nearly 37,000 dead amongst the ground forces and a further 16,714 deaths amongst the Allied air forces.Oct 11, 2011
    Can you tell I'm sick of the world and all those in it today? Except you of course. and Rob. And my little chickens...

    1. I'm glad Rob, me and the chickens made the cut. :) It is interesting that the family members who were in WWII never, ever talked about it.

  2. He does look like the Ringmaster. We both used fortitude in our blog. Definitely the word for today. Fortitude.

    1. I think I like 'fortitude' better than 'perseverance.' :)